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Eye surgery center? Possible new job


Specializes in Operating Room, CNOR. Has 12 years experience.

Hi all, eye surgery clinic circulating/scrubbing experiences?

I have been an OR nurse for 10 years and have done some ophthalmology scattered in with other main OR cases back in the day, but this job I am about to get an offer for is 3 ORs and one Lasik room, and they mostly do eye surgeries all day with some ENT as well: plastics/blepharoplasty, glaucoma, cataracts, scleral buckles, retina detachment repairs etc. I am sure it is pretty fast paced but from what I can tell it seems they have a good team. This is an outpatient place attached to/part of a major hospital. I haven't scrubbed in YEARS but they want to orient me, and I think I can do it.

Sounds like I can eventually cross train to Endoscopy if I want, too, which could be interesting.

Have any of you circulated and/or scrubbed in a place that does pretty much eyes all day? What did you/do you like about it? What are some challenges? Any resources you recommend to brush up on my ophthalmology procedure knowledge? I don't want to show up too rusty even though they are going to orient me 🙂


Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Eyeballs. Ew. *shudder*. Just not my thing.

For brushing up, I’m sure you can’t go wrong with Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery. There should be an entire chapter dedicated to ophthalmology surgeries.

skydancer7, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room, CNOR. Has 12 years experience.

I know, I totally used to have the same reaction. I guess I got used to eyeballs over time 😄

Thanks for the Alexander's idea, I will try and find a copy asap!